Asylum 22.2 – Summer 2015

We briefly featured the life and work Leonard Roy Frank on pages 7–10 of the recent Electroshock issue of the magazine – Asylum 21:3 (2014). Now we are sad to report that his long and principled struggle against the routine abuses of medical psychiatry has come to an end.


If you missed it, we highly recommend that you check out that issue of our magazine, and also the fascinating blogs about LR Frank’s life and work: There are several other great items of general interest, but this is also the second in the series featuring Comics & Mental Health. Guest editors Meg John Barker, Joseph De Lappe & Caroline Walters now focus on depictions of depression, anxiety and psychotic experiences. Meg John writes about how drawing comics has helped the artists to understand and express some of their experiences, while Alex Reed considers the resonances of Marvel Comics with the anti-psychiatry movement. Wendy Couchman presents Cheese or Ham? – a lady with insights on aging, dementia … and crab? Matthew Green interviews Ravi Thornton about her project HOAX, which concerns her brother’s struggle with schizophrenia. Katherine Hubbard writes about the character of Rorschach in Watchmen, and Sasha Garwood reflects on representations of mental illness in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. Finally we have some great work from the comics artist Brick (author of Depresso) and from Simon Wharne and Liz Greenfield, who are included in every feature this year.

Co-editors in the Mental Health in Comics series

Meg John Barker, Joseph de Lappe and Caroline Walters


Introduction The editors

Leonard Roy Frank – Obituary from

Drawing Comics and Social Aspects of Mental Health Meg John Barker *** Sample Article ***

Ronnie Laing, Jack Kirky and Me: The day the world turned dayglo Alex Read

Cheese or Ham? Wendy Couchman, Trish Hafford-Letchfield & Kate Leonard

Comics, Cross-Media and Mental Health Matthew Green interviews Ravi Thornton

Dreams of the Endless: Despair, delirium and representations of mental health Sasha Garwood

After Depresso  or How I Learned to Do Something with Being Bonkers Brick

A Dog is for Life Brick

‘… Rorschach. He’s sick in his mind.’ Katharine Hubbard

The Autistic Rights Movement (ARM UK)

Validation or Invalidation: To be or not to be? Mark Bertram

Supertanker on a Sixpence Adrian Kenton

LETTER : Alec Jenner Remembered James Stalker

Depression & Gladness (POEM) Anon

Book Review Jordan Reyes

News & Reports

Sample Article

Drawing Comics and Social Aspects of Mental Health Meg John Barker

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